Eldridge shoots for the Giants in Australian Netball League

Natalie Eldridge represented NSW at the under-21 National Netball Championships in 2016.

Natalie Eldridge represented NSW at the under-21 National Netball Championships in 2016.

The momentum is building on the court, and Natalie Eldridge is hoping it takes her beloved Canberra Giants all the way to the grand final.

Player of the year: Natalie Eldridge was named the Canberra Darters player of the year in 2016.

Player of the year: Natalie Eldridge was named the Canberra Darters player of the year in 2016.

The Dural resident has shot goals for many teams in her career, including the NSW under-19 and under-21 teams, but pulling on the Giants uniform for the first time in February was a highlight. 

“It was so exciting to be selected,” she said.

“It’s been a great experience so far.”

The 20-year-old was called up by the Giants in December and asked to play in the new Australian Netball League. 

The league is the feeder to the Suncorp Super league competition which replaced the ANZ Trans Tasman championships this year. 

“Despite having a trip booked to Japan in February and missing a round, they still wanted me to be in the team which was cool,” she said. 

“So far I’ve been to all home and away games I’ve been available for.

“There are 16 of us at home games but they only take 10 to away games.”

Next on Eldridge’s list is to become a shadow player for the Giants’ super league team and eventually become part of the Giants A grade side.

“With uni and work and netball I’m really busy so at the moment I’m just seeing where they all take me,” she said.

Eldridge is currently in her final year of study at the University of Sydney, expecting to graduate with a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the end of 2017. 

Round 5 saw the Giants play in Canberra against the Southern Force on March 18-19.

With one win and one loss in round 5, the Giants are sitting second on the ladder to reigning champions, Victorian Fury.

“With our current results we are looking good heading into the finals,” Eldridge said. 

The Giants will travel to Victoria for round 6 and play round 7 in Sydney before the final series begins on April 8.